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Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Associated With Reduced Use of Opioids

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Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Associated With Reduced Use of Opioids | NORML

SAN DIEGO, CA — The enactment of state laws regulating the use of marijuana by adults is associated with a reduction in the use of schedule III opioid drugs among Medicaid enrollees, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Investigators with the University of California, San Diego assessed the relationship between recreational marijuana access […]

Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Associated With Reduced Use of Opioids | The Daily Chronic

 

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Missouri’s Largest County Stops Prosecuting Marijuana Possession

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Missouri’s Largest County Stops Prosecuting Marijuana Possession | Dan Viets | Missouri NORML

Two years after suing to keep medical marijuana off the ballot, on Tuesday, Jean Peters Baker, the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney, announced that her office will stop prosecuting most marijuana possession cases. In June of this year, the St. Louis City Prosecuting Attorney, Kim Gardner, took similar action on simple possession cases of up to […]

Missouri’s Largest County Stops Prosecuting Marijuana Possession | The Daily Chronic

 

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Legal Marijuana Sales to Begin in Massachusetts on Tuesday

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Legal Marijuana Sales to Begin in Massachusetts on Tuesday | Marijuana Policy Project

Legal adult marijuana sales will begin in Massachusetts Tuesday, with retailers in Northampton and Leicester reportedly set to be the first to open. The state is the seventh in the nation to establish a regulated marijuana market for adults. Adults 21 and older with a valid ID will be able to purchase up to one […]

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With New York on Brink of Marijuana Legalization, Conference Lays Out Blueprint for Legalization Rooted in Racial, Economic, and Social Justice

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With New York on Brink of Marijuana Legalization, Conference Lays Out Blueprint for Legalization Rooted in Racial, Economic, and Social Justice | Drug Policy Alliance

ALBANY, NY — Momentum for marijuana reform continues to build across the country and in New York. On November 6, Michigan became the tenth state to legalize marijuana for adult use and in September Governor Cuomo endorsed legalization and established a workgroup to draft legislation to legalize, tax, and regulate adult-use marijuana in New York. […]

With New York on Brink of Marijuana Legalization, Conference Lays Out Blueprint for Legalization Rooted in Racial, Economic, and Social Justice | The Daily Chronic

 

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Massachusetts Marijuana Sales Begin; Rep. Joe Kennedy Supports Legalization

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Massachusetts Marijuana Sales Begin; Rep. Joe Kennedy Supports Legalization | Justin Strekal

Citizens of the Bay State have much to be thankful for this week. On November 20th, just two days before Thanksgiving, adults over the age of 21 were able to legally purchase marijuana in the state of Massachusetts for the first time in over a century. Massachusetts was the first state to enact marijuana prohibition — doing […]

Massachusetts Marijuana Sales Begin; Rep. Joe Kennedy Supports Legalization | The Daily Chronic

 

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Taxes From Oregon’s Retail Marijuana Sales Exceed Initial Projections

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Taxes From Oregon’s Retail Marijuana Sales Exceed Initial Projections | NORML

SALEM, OR — Tax revenue in Oregon from the sales of retail cannabis products is exceeding initial projections, according to an economic analysis published by state officials. For the period beginning January 1, 2017, “tax collections have come in seven percent higher than expected,” the report finds. Authors add, “Since Oregon levies its recreational marijuana tax […]

Taxes From Oregon’s Retail Marijuana Sales Exceed Initial Projections | The Daily Chronic

 

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New York Governor to Support Marijuana Legalization Bill in 2019

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New York Governor to Support Marijuana Legalization Bill in 2019 | NORML

ALBANY, NY — A spokesperson for Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that creating a framework for legalizing adult marijuana use is among the administration’s 2019 legislative priorities. “The goal of this administration is to create a model program for regulated adult-use marijuana – and we determined the best way to do that was to ensure our […]

New York Governor to Support Marijuana Legalization Bill in 2019 | The Daily Chronic

 

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Incoming House Rules Chairman Pledges to Allow Floor Votes on Marijuana-Related Amendments

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Incoming House Rules Chairman Pledges to Allow Floor Votes on Marijuana-Related Amendments | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern says that he will permit federal lawmakers to debate and vote on marijuana-related amendments when he assumes control of the House Rules Committee in 2019. “Unlike my predecessor, I’m not going to block amendments for marijuana,” he said. “Citizens are passing ballot initiatives, legislatures are passing laws, and […]

Incoming House Rules Chairman Pledges to Allow Floor Votes on Marijuana-Related Amendments | The Daily Chronic

 

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Michigan: Gov-Elect Considering Using Clemency Powers to Free Those Incarcerated for Marijuana-Related Convictions

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Michigan: Gov-Elect Considering Using Clemency Powers to Free Those Incarcerated for Marijuana-Related Convictions | NORML

LANSING, MI — Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer (D) says that she will pursue executive action to free those incarcerated for certain marijuana-related violations and to expunge the records of those with past convictions. Whitmer, who endorsed Michigan’s adult use legalization initiative, defeated Republican candidate Bill Schuette. The initiative becomes law ten days after the midterm election results are certified. “For conduct […]

Michigan: Gov-Elect Considering Using Clemency Powers to Free Those Incarcerated for Marijuana-Related Convictions | The Daily Chronic

 

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